New York Senate Senate Vote Delayed by Illness Befalling Mount Vernon Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson

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Albany, NY – This morning’s session coaxed many Republicans to delay their coming on to the Senate floor. The afternoon agenda was curtailed by news that Mount Vernon Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-The Bronx/Westchester County) had been taken ill with walking pneumonia to Albany Medical Center. Despite her grave state of health, she plans to return to the Senate Chambers when it gavels at 5:30 p.m.


Without Hassell-Thompson's vote, or that other Democratic in the conference, the Senate will unlikely be able to pass the budget.. 

The drama at the State Legislature is unequaled in many a years

"It's looking like it's going to be a long night," remarked Senate Democratic spokesman Travis Proulx, whose comment was before news of Hassell-Thompson's illness broke.

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  1. Anonymous

    Vote by phone? Why? They don’t know what they are voting for, anyway. They vote the way they are told to vote.
    They could vote by smoke signals for all the difference it would make.

  2. Get well Ruth

    They need to change the rules to allow legislators to vote by phone in medical emergencies. Look at Kennedy in Washington. This is ridiculous.

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